The AU

Its Permanent Representative

and the African Diaspora

FILE- In this April 19, 2017 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the world premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" at Radio City Music Hall, during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

The African Union Permeant Representative to the United States of America, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quoa, has expressed profound sadness at the death of global music icon Aretha Franklin, who passed away today at her home in Detroit, USA.

For the first time ever, young men and women from various African countries met with their counterparts from the Diaspora, or people of African descent, at the African Diaspora Young Leaders (ADYL) Summit, in Washington DC.

Ethiopia's new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed- who took over from Hailemariam Desalegn as Ethiopia's new prime minister after his unexpected resignation in February, was in the US recently for meetings with several US government departments and other organizations. he also took time to meet thousands of Ethiopian national in the Diaspora, at a huge conference in Washington DC, at which he spelled out his development priorities of his country.